The origins of Cockney Rhyming Slang are uncertain. It’s not really a language since the words spoken are clearly English; on the other hand, it’s not a dialect either, since the speakers of this slang are also perfectly capable of not using it! Some stories go that this slang originated in the market place so that the vendors could communicate without the customers knowing what was being said— wouldn’t want your customers knowing that you were going to lower your prices in ten minutes so you could go home early.
What makes this list of slang different from the many others that are available on the internet is the examples of usage that are included for each word (and in some cases the origin)— much point in knowing that iron means bank if you can’t work it into a sentence, now is there? These files are quite large but all the words are presented on just one page so you don’t need to click around to find the information you want. Please be patient while the tables load… it’s a lot of information. But don’t worry – there’s a search bar!
As of June 16, 2017 the forum is working. Only took me a year & a half! You can post your questions and/or answers and get a response from other visitors to the page. I’m hoping you lot will run the forum yourselves, asking for help when necessary, providing help when able. Like the rest of this website, I’d like to keep things kid and family friendly, so please keep that in mind. While a little bit of gently naughty stuff is fine, try not to go too far. I and the other visitors appreciate your understanding.